Malaysian duo Sivasangari Subramaniam and Eain Yow Ng both lived up to their pre-tournament favourites tags to ensure their country swept the girl’s and boy’s singles squash 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games titles here today.
Girl’s top seed Subramaniam, ranked 100th in the Professional Squash Association world rankings, cruised to a commanding win over New Zealand’s Eleanor Epke in the gold medal match.
She dropped just eight points on her way to taking a 2-0 lead and, despite being pushed slightly further in the third, was able to emerge from the contest with an 11-3, 11-5, 12-10 success.
Sri Lanka’s Mihiliya Methsarani made light work of Pakistan’s Sadia Gul in the bronze medal match-up as she surged to a comfortable 11-8, 11-6, 11-9 triumph to secure the final spot on the podium.
In the boy’s event, world number 169 Eain beat England’s Patrick Rooney in similarly confident fashion.
The Malaysian, a three-times British Junior Open champion, dominated proceedings on his way to sealing an 11-8, 12-10, 11-5 victory to take home gold.
Testament to the nature of the medal matches in both the boy’s and girl’s competitions, Velavan Senthilkumar thrashed Israr Ahmad of Pakistan, who failed to win a single point on his way to an 11-0, 11-0, 11-0 mauling.
Elsewhere on a packed day of action at Samoa 2015, success continued for Malaysia as Nur Atikah Mahamad Sobri lifted a total of 160 kilograms to claim gold in the girl’s 58kg weightlifting category.
She hoisted an impressive 70kg above her head in the snatch discipline before she managed a clean and jerk of 90kg to top the podium ahead of Fijian Maria Mareta, while Australia’s Yasmin Carter was third.
Following on from the superb performance of compatriot Jamjang Deru in the boy’s 56kg event, India claimed another weightlifting gold thanks to Deepak Lather, who registered a combined total of 258kg to win the boy’s 62kg category.
Lather’s haul was 22kg more than silver medallist Appah Emmanuel Inemo could muster while bronze went to England’s Chris Murray.
In lawn bowls, Australia’s Jonathon David proved too strong for Seamus Curtain of New Zealand as he secured boy’s gold with a 21-14 win.
Northern Ireland added another bronze to their medal tally thanks to Stephen Kirkwood.
New Zealand did, however, manage to claim a lawn bowls title as Ashleigh Jeffcoat edged Ellen Ryan of Australia 21-12 in the girl’s gold medal encounter, while Nur Ain Nabilah Tarmizi of Malaysia beat England’s Ruby Hill 21-15 to clinch bronze.
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